Bodyguards for Hire
T. A. Grey
Genre: Contemporary erotic romance
Publisher: Grey Ink Press
Date of Publication: Aug. 27th, 2013
Word Count: ~55,000
Cover Artist: Melody Simmons of eBookindiecovers
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One fateful tail-bender leaves Mara Colgen with a hard-on for Jace Mathews which is not how Mara anticipated meeting the hottest man alive. Or, rather, one crappy afternoon bodyguard Jace gets a rude awakening when some cutesy blonde rear-ends his beautiful truck. Now he’s really in for it. Mara’s pretty, funny, and has the greatest job in the world…
She is a sex toy operator.
Just those three words send Jace into a dream-like coma plagued with erotic imagery featuring the spunky sex toy operator. As luck would have it for Jace, nothing’s easy. Mara comes to him with a problem…one he cannot refuse to help her out with. Someone strange keeps calling Mara, she thinks someone’s been in her house, and worse Jace might be thinking the same thing. Mara needs help and Jace finds he’s the right man to lend a (strong) helping hand—so long as they seal the deal with more than a kiss.
Mara Colgen slammed on the brakes but it didn’t matter. Her little VW Bug barreled into the beautifully shining black truck.
The air bag exploded, slamming her head backward and making everything all fuzzy.
“Huh?” she mumbled, blinking slowly.
A high-pitched sound rang in her ears and slowly solidified like someone turning a dial up. That ringing became her horn which was constantly wailing. A glance out of the broken windshield made her breath catch.
A tall, gorgeous, way-too-muscled-to-be-real man was reaching under her hood looking pissed off. Hot and pissed off. Why hello, gorgeous, her feminine side purred. He did something under the hood and her horn stopped blaring. Her eyes flared. He fixed it. She liked this man already. Any man who was handy with cars was handy in the bedroom, or at last that’s what she’d heard. She eyed his hand, totally not creepy, and saw no wedding band on his finger.
His eyes met hers. Yep, he was very pissed off. He looked down right violent. Then he threw open her car door and got in her face. All she saw were pretty eyes. The kind that almost looked blue but were really more gray than blue. He had a black ball cap pulled low over his eyes, a white t-shirt, jeans, and boots. And he was glaring at her.
“Ahem,” she cleared her throat. “I’m very sorry about all this. Your truck was very...nice.” She attempted a smile.
His eyes narrowed in an are-you-shitting-me look. “Lady, what the fuck’s the matter with you? How did you not see me? My truck takes up most of the damn road.” His eyes flicked down to her lap and his jaw actually snapped to the side. She could hear it crack. “Fucking texting. You little bitch, you know that’s against the law for a reason right?”
Her jaw fell open in shock but before she could respond to his name calling he threw his hand up in her face. Actually threw his hand up. In her face.
“Don’t wanna hear it, lady. Get your license and registration. I’m callin’ the cops.”
He left before she could form a reply. Only after he wasn’t in her face could she take a calm breath. “Well that didn’t go well, Mara.” She giggled a little, an involuntary response that she swore couldn’t be helped, and grabbed the necessary items he’d ordered her to get. She met him at his truck as he was getting off the phone.
“They’ll be by soon to make a report.”
He went back to the back of his truck, shaking his head. From his profile she noticed he had a hard, sleek jawline covered in rough stubble several days too thick, and hollowed cheek bones. He had a hard looking forehead.
He was mumbling under his breath about women drivers and texting. That’s where she had to stop him. Hot or not, he was wrong about her.
“Listen here, hot cakes, I wasn’t texting. I don’t text.”
His eyes snapped to her, looked her body up and down then he cocked a brow. “Oh yeah? Well I don’t believe that bullshit for a second.”
“I was actually on the phone,” she corrected.
He threw up his arms, shaking his head. “That’s illegal in this state, lady.”
“Oh, I’ve upgraded from bitch. Very nice.” She couldn’t help smiling at him.
His brow pinched forward. “Now is not the time for jokes. You just wrecked my rear end.”
Speaking of, her gaze fell down to his ass and verified that indeed it looked as hot as the rest of him. Mmm, mmm, good as her friends would say.
“Excuse me, did you just check out my ass?”
She made a perfect oh did I just do that? face. “Maybe.” She cocked her head, gauging his response.
He looked like he might say something, then shook his head. “If you think being cute with me is gonna get you out of this then you’re shit out of luck.” He took out his phone and started snapping pictures of the wreckage. She quickly did the same, since he just reminded her she should be doing that.
Standing next to him trying not to smile, and utterly failing, she snapped pictures for her insurance company. “So you think I’m cute?”
“What the fuck?” Shaking his head, he made some noise between laugh and disbelief. “Hand over your license and registration.”
Snickering at his cop-voice, she handed him the docs. He looked them over, paying special interest to her driver’s license. She knew what he’d find there: 5’5”, brown eyes, blonde, and a weight she refused to even think aloud. Not too shabby if she did say so herself. Which she did often while checking herself out in the mirror after a shower.
“Oh just a sec,” she said, suddenly remembering. She grabbed her business card out of her wallet and handed it to him. “Here’s my business card. Keep it. In case there’s any problems along the way. I’ll be sure to fix your truck. I really am sorry. If it helps, I’ve only been in two accidents before.”
He took the card but didn’t look at her. “Two? Lady, you make that sound like it’s not a lot.”
“You know how many accidents I’ve caused in my life? Zero.”
“Well aren’t you fancy.” Her lips twitched again. Who knew teasing such a big, sexy man would be so much fun.
He sent her a withering glare then looked down at her card. It was a light pink with red, fancy lettering. “Mara Colgen, sex toy operator...” he said the words slowly as if not understanding them.
“Yes.” Honestly, one of her favorite parts about having her job was the reactions she got when people found out.
“You are a sex toy operator,” he said again.
“Mmhmm. Sure am.” Another winning smile. He didn’t even lift his gaze from the card.
“Tell me darlin’ what does that actually mean?”
Oh, now she was darlin’? Oh how her position had moved up in the world. She was bitch only five minutes ago. “Well, as you can see from that card I work at Aphrodite’s Love and we are one of the biggest designers and distributers of adult sex toys. I’m a tester. I also help the production team tweak designs and things like that.”
“You...” he scratched the back of his head, flicked his gaze down her body again, then continued in that slow, measured way. “Your job is to try out sex toys for a living?”
Guest Blog Book & Tales
By T. A. Grey
Hello everyone and thank you for checking out my latest contemporary erotic romance. Please take a seat (or stay seated) as I introduce you to our hero of the story—JACE MATHEWS.
Favorites: Cute girls, alarm systems, coffee
Dislikes: Texting while driving
Car: Black Truck
Occupation: Security special (bodyguard)
Loves: Kissing and sweet women
Hometown: Tampa Bay
Favorites: Sex toys (“Mr. Kinky”), highlander romance novels, Entertainment Weekly
Dislikes: Canned soup, violence, relationships
Car: Red VW Bug
Occupation: Sex toy operator for Aphrodite’s Love
Loves: Kissing, her cottage fairy-tale house, hunky men, thick socks
I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek into Mara and Jace. Their story is steamy, intense, and a whole lot of fun. Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog! Happy reading, everyone!